Stockholm, Sweden (ots/PRNewswire)
- Appear Networks and Neotilus Receive Prestigious EUREKA Award
and National Funding for the Deployment of Context-Aware Wi-Fi
Services to Airport Employees
The Wireless Context Aware Services (WICAS) project, a wireless
communication platform developed jointly by Appear Networks (Sweden)
and Neotilus (France) for European airport operators, was recently
awarded the EUREKA label under EUREKA reference number E! 3342. WICAS
is a mobile communication platform, based on wireless standards such
as Wi-Fi, GPRS and UMTS, that integrates several high-end
technologies including pinpoint Wi-Fi positioning, new video
streaming techniques, advanced VoIP functions and context-aware push
of mobile applications. The resulting intelligent communication
platform enhances the ability of employees working throughout the
airport to perform maintenance and security functions.
EUREKA is a pan-European network for industrial research and
development, designed to strengthen European competitiveness by
promoting market-driven collaborative projects. EUREKA projects must
include independent partners from at least two EUREKA member
countries and each project must result in a marketable product,
process or service.
WICAS leverages its partners' combined expertise in mobile
technologies and airport operational processes and is funded with a
global budget of EUR 1,023,000. EUREKA experts analyzing the WICAS
platform predict a tremendous benefit for airport maintenance and
"A security officer can now send a silent alert by simply pressing
a button on his mobile device," explained Yvan Gravier, CEO of
Neotilus. "Instantly, the alert is geo-localized, using the Wi-Fi
pinpoint positioning system, and real-time video streams from the
local surveillance cameras are automatically pushed onto the mobile
terminals of the nearby security agents. A maintenance worker who
needs immediate support while operating in the field can launch a
push-to-talk VoIP application and instantly, the WICAS platform will
route his call to the most appropriate colleague, depending on time,
location and skill set."
"The EUREKA network awarded the label to WICAS in recognition of
the high degree of innovation and market potential evidenced by the
WICAS communication platform. Appear Networks is an important Swedish
player and the company's history of success was also taken into
consideration when VINNOVA approved national funding for the project"
said Tomas Aronsson, EUREKA Program Coordination, VINNOVA.
Several European airports and airlines interested in deploying the
WICAS platform have already approached the consortium. The selection
of test-sites will be conducted over the next few weeks.
"An increasing number of European airports are adopting Wi-Fi for
their enterprise needs, focusing upon operational excellence and
customer intimacy. For this project, we will select airports
committed to deploy mobile solutions in areas where enterprise Wi-Fi
applications result in significant bottom-line results, in order to
demonstrate the impact of our solution" commented Ann-Louise Palm,
CEO of Appear Networks.
About Appear Networks: www.appearnetworks.com
Appear Networks intelligent wireless communication platform
connects mobile workers with instant access to voice, data and video
communications transmitted over standard wireless networks. The
Appear platform filters information through an array of
pre-determined parameters enabling the delivery of personalized,
location-based, time-specific wireless applications to mobile
devices. Appear Networks partners with IT industry leaders Cisco and
Capgemini in a joint Wi-Fi offering called @Anyplace Access,
featuring a fully secure, end-to-end, integrated Wi-Fi platform
solution based upon open standards technology from Cisco and Intel.
Appear Networks is privately held and headquartered in Stockholm,
Appear, Click & Run, Workspot are registered trademarks of Appear
Networks. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of
their respective owners.
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